Hotel Select Inn Isesaki
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Sundays are full on family days in Japan, and we are lucky to have a chance for a full extended family outing to Harajuku - youth culture shopping mecca. Tim bows out as he preps for a teaching exam, but May, Amy and Haruko join the three of us and Takakosan for an 8-member party excursion to the busiest of busy shopping streets -- Takeshita Dorii. If we don't lose someone it will be a miracle.
So far so good on our walk to the train station where we'll ...
... So subtle and pleasant..
Two large fuji trees are 143 years old and their branches are supported to create a huge umbrella of blue fuji flowers. Everywhere you look is another wonderful display.. the tiered petunia boxes on the ponds, the archway over the footbridge, the There is also a long tunnel of white fuji flowers.. the azalea bushes are of all sizes and colours .. spectacular!
... plan was to have a meal at the shopping center.
So we finally depart and held to AEON. Indeed it's a big place, with many restaurants, many shops of everything you need.
Meal time first ! Katsudon ! Really good ... there is a salad with some tofu. Still not fan of tofu, but at least I can eat it more often than before.
Yes, there is a picture of the toilets... I found that too classy. Chairs available in front of the mirror, never seen that at least ...
... on the mountain's roads in the dark is not where I feel more secured. I couldn't drive there by myself even if I had my license.
Later, when we were at home, suddenly all our phones (with internet) started to make huge noise. It was a earthquake alarm, it's the first time I got one on my phone. We felt suddenly a little shake, but nothing huge.
The day after I saw on the net that there was a big one announced for Tokyo and ...
... karinto manju". This is a speciality I discovered last winter in Kyoto with Yoshimi and Chie. My bad, I bought frozen one, so had to wait before eating one. Around is crunchy and bit hard (made with brown sugar), and inside it's soft (made with red bean paste). Better to be eaten warm, but not this time unfortunately.
In the shop, while I was paying, there was an old woman appearing, she was surprised to see a gaijin in her shop and ...